Harvard Debate Tournament
(Southeast Asia Edition)

The Harvard Debate Tournament is an inaugural event hosted by The Global Citizen Academy in conjunction with The Harvard Debate Council. In this 3-day event, participants will be pit against their international peers in a debate tournament with motions centered around SDG 16, 'Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions'. For this tournament, we are proud to have Professor Tripp Rebrovick, Director of Harvard Debate Council, and Professor Eli Anders, Assistant Debate Coach at The Harvard Debate Council, on our chief adjudication panel. We are confident that their experience will help value-add to the participants' experience. The Global Citizen Academy and The Harvard Debate Council would like to extend our invitation to interested youths, aged 15-25, to form teams of 6 (5 speakers and 1 adjudicator) and register for this event. What are you waiting for? Join us today!
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Event Details

Tournament Date:

19 - 21 June 2021


Deadline: 15 June, 23:59 (GMT +8)
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Price: $140 USD

For enquiries, please contact harvarddebatetournament@theglobalcitizen.sg

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format for the Harvard Debate Tournament?

The format for the tournament will be carried out through the world school debate style.

What is the age-requirement to join the tournament?

The Harvard Debate Tournament is tailored for high school students. As long as you and your team are currently studying in a high school, we welcome you to join us for this event.

What is the role of adjudicator?

Adjudicators will preside over the debates, scoring both teams based on the merits of their argument. Adjudicators will be shuffled and no adjudicator will preside over their own team’s debate to maintain the integrity of the tournament.

Who can register as an adjudicator?

The adjudicator can be either:
  • A mentor
  • A seasoned debater with experience in debate

Adjudicators have to submit their debating CVs for the team to vet before the event.

Why do we need a team of 6?

The team of 6 will be made of 3 speakers, 2 reserves and 1 adjudicator.

Can I join the event and present it in my native language?

No, all rounds of debate in the Harvard Debate Tournament will be held in English. Training materials provided will also be in English.

Am I required to attend the entire duration?

Yes, all participants are encouraged to stay for the entire duration of this tournament.

Will participants be able to access TGC’s virtual academy after the event?

Yes, you will still be able to access TGC’s virtual academy after the event.